Friday, September 24, 2010

Te Papa's NZR models collection

A customer has asked us what happened to Frank Roberts's garden railway as featured in our DVD The NZ Railways Story 1863 - 1995.

The answer is that NZR acquired it, who in turn donated the models to the National Museum or Te Papa as it calls itself, in 1993. Like most public authority museums, Te Papa doesn't believe in focusing on technology so only a few of these models are on display. However, the whole collection is viewable with zoomable Flash files online - the webpage.

The above model is of an NZR R class, and R 28, preserved in a park in Reefton, is now the only remaining Single Fairlie type locomotive in the world.

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